Former Golf Coach Harassed UT-Arlington Athletes | Athletic Business

Former Golf Coach Harassed UT-Arlington Athletes

A former University of Texas Arlington golf director sexually harassed and made unwelcome sexual comments to female athletes, according to the school's own investigation.

A UTA investigation determined that Stuart Deane, who became UTA’s golf coach in 2015, violated the university’s alcohol policies and engaged in unprofessional conduct. He also violated Title IX policies by sexually harassing students, a university press release said, as reported by The Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

The Shorthorn student newspaper first reported the investigation and its results on Saturday following a Freedom of Information Act request. The investigation determined that Deane had “created a hostile environment for female players in that there is ‘a situation of discriminatory or sexual nature,’” according to The Shorthorn.

A former player emailed UTA president Vistasp Karbhari on August 26 to detail some of the allegations, according to the report. The sender claimed to send the email only after graduating from the program, fearing retaliation as a student-athlete. Another student transferred as a result of a single comment made to her by Deanne based on a line from the movie "American Pie." The investigation concluded it most likely happened based on “the preponderance of evidence," according to The Shorthorn.

Deane was placed on paid administrative leave effective August 27 while the university investigated.

Deane confirmed during a Sept. 6 investigation interview that he enjoyed “watching the women more than the men because he could at least enjoy their [bodies].”

Multiple witnesses claimed Deane made comments about female players’ bodies, including a time when he asked a student to dress like actress Audrey Hepburn.

Deane also admitted to allegations of drinking alcohol and then driving while on school-sponsored trips with students, according to the report. Some players acknowledge students over 21 were allowed to consume alcohol on these trips in violation of UTA Athletics rules.

Deane stated he did not drink excessively on any tournament or drive recklessly, according to the report.

There were two incidents reported in which Deane allegedly offered alcohol to an underage female player at tournaments, according to the report. He denied ever offering alcohol to someone underage.

More than one individual reported Deane offering alcohol to the minor, and the investigation found the allegation to most likely be true, according to the report.

“The University of Texas at Arlington is committed to the safety, security and wellbeing of all UTA students,” Karbhari said in a statement. “When presented these serious allegations, the university immediately initiated an investigation and took measures to protect our students.”

The school offered counseling and resources to students involved in the sexual harassment allegations, the release said.

Deanne resigned effective Oct. 6 to pursue a professional golf career. In May, he competed in his third PGA Championship.

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